BALLARAT teenager Will Nicholls was a toddler the last time he had a hair cut.
A dislike of hairdressers and a desire to keep his head warm during Ballarat’s long winters has seen the 17-year-old avoid the barber for most of his life
But the Ballarat High School student will bid a bittersweet farewell to his long mane of thick curls on September 4 for the World’s Greatest Shave.
His brothers had a primary school friend die of leukaemia, so the cause is one close to his heart.
“I thought it would be good to get with the cause for the Leukaemia Foundation and it’s probably time for the hair to come off,” Will said.
On the plus side, he won’t have to spend 15 minutes every morning trying to comb through his hair.
But he might have to buy a hat.
“I’m worried about a cold head,” he said.
The year 12 student has been going around his school at recesses and lunch time, collecting donations in a big bottle. Donation tins have also started appearing at various businesses around town.
When his locks finally come off, it will be in front of a school assembly.
Will said his friends had been trying to convince him for years to shave his head, even offering cash bribes, and they loved the idea of the World’s Greatest Shave.
He is one of a group of students at Ballarat High getting behind this year’s event, for which the school raised $15,000 in 2012.